Student Code of Conduct - Prohibited Conduct
Student Code of Conduct
III. Prohibited Conduct
The following list describes actions which detract from the effectiveness of a University community and for which students are subject to disciplinary action. The list is not all-inclusive but contains examples of prohibited behavior.
- Academic dishonesty/misconduct including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration, and fraudulent alteration of academic materials. (See Section X of this document, OSU Academic Dishonesty Policy for detailed definitions and procedures.)
- Disruption or obstruction of normal University or University-sponsored or hosted activities, including, but not limited to, studying, teaching, research, University administration, or fire, police or emergency services on University premises or at officially arranged University activities off campus.
- Physical violence of any nature against any person, on or off campus. This includes fighting; assault; battery; the use of a knife, gun, or other weapon; physical abuse; restraining or transporting someone against his/her will; or any action which threatens or endangers the physical health or safety of any person or causes reasonable apprehension of such harm. The University will strongly recommend the sanction of suspension or expulsion for students found responsible for this charge when harm or injury occurs.
- Persistent, severe, and/or pervasive verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, bullying, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the mental or physical health/safety of any person or causes reasonable apprehension of such harm.
- Theft, attempted theft, unauthorized possession, and/or defacement, damage, or destruction of property belonging to the University or others on University property.
- Hazing is any action or activity which causes or intends to cause physical or mental discomfort or distress, which may demean, degrade, or disgrace any person, regardless of location, intent or consent of participants, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts; they are violations of this rule. (State law classifies hazing Student Code of Conduct 13 as a crime.) The University will strongly recommend the sanction of suspension for students found responsible for hazing when harm/injury occurs.
- Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing any nonconsensual contact of a sexual nature. Sexual misconduct may vary in its severity, and consists of a range of behavior or attempted behavior including, but not limited to, the following examples of prohibited conduct:
- Unwelcome sexual touching/exposure
The touch of an unwilling or non-consensual person’s intimate parts (such as genitalia, groin, breast, buttocks, mouth, and/or clothing covering same); touching an unwilling person with one’s own intimate parts; or forcing an unwilling person to touch another’s intimate parts. This also includes indecent exposure and voyeurism.
- Non-consensual sexual assault
Unwilling or non-consensual penetration of any bodily opening with any object or body part. This includes, but is not limited to, penetration of a bodily opening without consent through the use of coercion.
- Forced sexual assault
Unwilling or non-consensual penetration of any bodily opening with any object or body part that is committed either by force, threat, intimidation, or through exploitation of another’s mental or physical condition (such as intoxication, age, or disability) of which the assailant was aware or should have been aware. See Sexual Misconduct Policy, available on-line, for more details.
- Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when:
- submission to or rejection of such conduct or communication is a term or condition of educational benefits, employment, academic evaluations or opportunities;
- submission to such conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education;
- such conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to have the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offense educational environment or negatively affecting a student’s educational opportunities (See Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy.)
- Stalking includes (but is not limited to) the persistent, severe, and/or pervasive harassment of another person in a manner that would cause a reasonable person to feel frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed, or molested. This may include repeatedly contacting another person (through any means, such as in person, by phone, electronic means, text messaging, etc.), following another person, or having others contact another person on your behalf.
- Gambling for money or other things of value on campus or at university sponsored activities except as permitted by law.
- Failure to comply with the lawful directions of any University employee acting within the scope of their official duties and/or failure to identify oneself to such a person when requested to do so.
- Violation of published University policies, rules and regulations including, but not limited, to residential Life and Fraternity and Sorority Affairs behavior standards, solicitation, distribution of literature, financial aid policies, etc.
- Any act which allegedly violates federal, and/or state law, local ordinances or University policies and as an impact on campus safety and/or student success.
- Forgery or unauthorized use of University documents or records, financial aid documents, computers, electronic mail, telephones, identification, or property or the use of University equipment to perpetrate a violation of the Code of Conduct or to violate local, state, or federal law.
- Providing false representations to the University in any form, written or verbal. Submission of false information or withholding information at the time of admission or readmission may make an individual ineligible for admission to or continuation in, Oklahoma State University.
- Possessing, using, or storing firearms, explosives, weapons, or dangerous chemicals on University property or in the course of any University activity, except as specifically authorized under applicable state law. This includes, but is not limited to bb guns, paintball guns, knives, swords, handguns, and rifles. (See OSU Policy and Procedures Letter 1.1301.1).
- False reporting of a bomb, fire or other emergency.
- Misuse or unauthorized use of fire fighting, fire sprinkling systems, and other safety equipment or warning devices.
- Unauthorized entry into or use of any University building, facility, vehicle, equipment room or area. This includes unauthorized possession or use of University keys, computers, lock combinations or other special access codes, including telephone codes.
- Illegal use, possession, sale, distribution, cultivation or manufacture of any state or federally controlled drug, substance or paraphernalia. Students are expected to know and abide by all applicable laws regarding the consumption of low point beer and alcoholic beverages.
- Consumption, possession, distribution, sale and the serving of low point beer or alcoholic beverages on the campus, in any of its buildings, regardless of age, except as expressly permitted by University policy. Exceptions to this policy permit the possession or consumption of low point beer and /or alcoholic beverages by persons of lawful age (21) within designated areas.
- Parties and/or large gatherings which disturb the peace of campus residences or off-campus neighborhoods.
- Disorderly conduct is behavior that is disorderly, lewd, indecent or a breach of peace on University property or at University-sponsored activities. Included is any non-consensual photography, video or audio recording of another person on University premises when such recording causes or is likely to cause injury or distress. This conduct would be a violation off campus if it interfered with an individual’s educational opportunities.
- The use of tobacco is prohibited on the OSU-Tulsa campus. The campus is a smoke-free environment.
- Violation of University Information Technology policies including, but not limited to, the electronic mail policy, the interim appropriate computer use policy, and the interim network security policy. Information on these policies is available on-line at http://it.okstate.edu/policies.
- Attempts and complicity: attempts to or encouraging others to commit acts prohibited by this code will be sanctioned to the same extent as if one had committed the prohibited act. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of prohibited conduct may constitute a violation of this rule and may constitute a violation of the rule that prohibits the conduct or behavior.
- Classroom disruption – behavior a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with the instructor's ability to teach the class or the ability of other students to benefit from the instructional program.
- Interfering with the discipline procedures or outcomes, including, but not limited to, falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information before a hearing officer or hearing panel; knowingly initiating a complaint without cause; harassment and/or intimidation of any member of a hearing panel, witness(es), or university personnel before, during or after a proceeding; failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed by either a hearing officer or hearing panel.